Sébastien Besson is a partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading arbitration and litigation firm. He represents companies before arbitral tribunals and state courts in commercial disputes, and serves as arbitrator.
Sébastien Besson has acted as counsel, chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator, or legal expert in numerous international arbitrations under a variety of arbitration rules, and in different jurisdictions.
The nature of such cases, among others, includes joint ventures and industrial cooperation, agency and distribution, sales contracts, licensing, construction, finance and sport-related disputes.
Sébastien Besson has published extensively on arbitration. Notably he has co-authored (with Professor Jean-François Poudret) the well-known treatise Comparative Law of International Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2007).
Sébastien Besson is a part-time professor at the University of Neuchâtel and he has taught several courses on arbitration and settlement of commercial disputes including in the Geneva master in international disputes settlement programme (www.mids.ch).
Sébastien Besson was educated at Lausanne University, where he received his doctorate in Law, and at Columbia University (New York), from where he holds an LLM.
He is fluent in French and English, and has good knowledge of German.
WWL says: Sébastien Besson is a highly regarded arbitrator and counsel, described as “top of the line” and “a star in Switzerland” by peers.
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